Batman was inducted into the Comic-Con Hall of Fame at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con. It seems that 2019 has become the Year of the Bat, thanks to a variety of events that celebrate the Caped Crusader's 80th anniversary. After all, the Bat-Signal has been on since 1939. Batman's appearances in comic books, movies, TV shows, video games and toys making him one of the most beloved superheroes of all time.
In honor of the 80th anniversary, this year has seen its share of Batman-related activities. Batman movies have returned to theaters for limited engagements, and a new LEGO set dedicated to all things Caped Crusader will land on retail shelves in August. DC and Warner Bros. released 1.5 million bats at SXSW in Austin, filling the sky with the flying creatures over the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. The Dark Knight has also had a series of panels at various conventions, including Wonder Con, to celebrate his birthday.
On Wednesday, Batman was inducted into the Comic-Con Character Hall of Fame in a special ceremony at SDCC. Over 400 fans, celebrities and artists turned up to celebrate the man responsible for keeping Gotham City safe. The "black carpet" event took place at Balboa Park and doubled as a fundraiser for the Comic-Con Museum, which will open in 2021. Fans also got a preview of "The Batman Experience Powered by AT&T" that features a collection of costumes, vehicles and props used in Batman movies and TV shows. The exhibit will also include a VR experience and a Batman gaming lounge. Pam Lifford, president of Warner Bros. Brands and Experiences, said:
“Batman connects with everyone no matter where you may come from in the world. Batman is a hero for all people. That’s why he resonates across every medium: comic books, cartoons, TV shows, toys, video games, even theme park rides and postage stamps. Batman is everywhere.”
Throughout his long history, Batman has spent most of his time as an essential part of pop culture. From the campy 1960s television show to the more serious Justice League DC Extended Universe movies, Batman continues to capture the public's minds and imaginations. He will get a new look soon in Matt Reeves' The Batman, with Robert Pattinson in the starring role. This film will bring Batman to an entirely new generation, a younger generation that has already responded well to Pattinson's casting in the role.
For a character that has been around for 80 years, Batman is still as popular today as he was when he first appeared in comic books. As one of the most iconic superheroes to ever don a cape, Batman is undoubtedly deserving of being inducted into the Comic-Con Character Hall of Fame.
Source: Comic-Con International
- The Batman (2021) release date: Jun 25, 2021